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Measures against preschool noise and its adverse effects on the personnel: an intervention study
Univ Gavle, Ctr Built Environm, S-80176 Gavle, Sweden.
Center for Built Environment, University of Gävle, 80176 Gävle, Sweden .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Univ Gavle, Ctr Built Environm, S-80176 Gavle, Sweden.
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2014 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 87, no 1, p. 95-110Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to analyze the exposure effects of different types of noise measures carried out at preschools. The project was carried out as an intervention study. The investigation included 89 employees at 17 preschools in the northern part of Sweden. Individual noise recordings and recordings in dining rooms and play halls were made at two departments in each preschool. The adverse effects on the employees were analyzed with validated questionnaires and saliva cortisol samples. Evaluations were made before and 1 year after the first measurement. Between the two measurements, measures were taken to improve the sound environments at the preschools. The effects of the measures varied a lot, with respect to both the sound environments and health. Regarding acoustical measures, significant changes were seen for some of the variables analyzed. For most of the tested effects, the changes, however, were very small and non-significant. The effects of organizational measures on the objective and subjective noise values were in overall less pronounced. Acoustical measures improved the subjectively rated sound environment more than organizational measures. This may be due to the high work effort needed to implement organizational measures. Even though the sound level was not lower, the personnel experienced improvements of the sound environment.

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2014. Vol. 87, no 1, p. 95-110
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Noise, Measures, Stress, Health, Occupational environment, Intervention
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21266DOI: 10.1007/s00420-012-0833-xISI: 000329233900010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84892673202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-21266DiVA, id: diva2:695105
Available from: 2014-02-10 Created: 2014-02-10 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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